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gc52
03-25-2001, 04:43 PM
Just found this board recently....have been reading it like crazy...I have suffered with IBS(I guess that's what you call it...after all tests show nothing else) for over 20 years. My symptoms are diarrhea after eating mostly...I go through periods or cycles where it is worse...then ok for awhile...back and forth. I don't usually have pain with it. Anyway after reading a lot of info. here and elsewhere and boy is there a lot..I've tried eliminating some things in my diet which have helped some...have always put off trying the metamucil/citrucel therapy cause the thought of that poweder liquid stuff makes me gag..but recently saw that citrucel has tablet form...has anyone ever tried this and is it as effective for fiber therapy...sorry this is so long.....I do want to say also to all of you who suffer from this...no one knows what it's like unless you have it..looking for a bathroom being the first order of business I don't care where you go is no fun...anyway thanks for any info anyone can give...Gayle

Harry
03-26-2001, 08:10 AM
Hi Gayle,
Welcome to this board.
Metamucil comes in wafers and the active ingredient is psyllium husk and you can get it in capsule form from most health food stores. I am not familiar with Citrucel tablets. I take Metamucil powder and my wife takes psyllium caps twice daily.She finds the powder swells faster than the caps and makes her uncomfortable. But, it works fine for me.I just like the idea of mixing it properly then drinking it---then I KNOW it's mixed correctly.Others have problems but which everway you decide --I think you are going to be pleasantly surprised ---it will change your life for the better.
All are safe to take daily and are a bulk stool forming agent.Just make sure you drink adequate amount of water.
God Bless---Harry

gc52
03-26-2001, 10:06 AM
Harry....thanks for the info. I bought the citrucel tablets so will try them...now the label says this is used for constipation which I do not have...but I do understand the use is for fiber which could possibly help me too...what I'm wondering..maybe some of you out there can help...is how much to take and when....because like I said before my problem is always the diarrhea part.Anyway the label says take 2tablets with 8 oz glass of water up to 6x a day as needed..wondering how I figure out how much to take....any info and advice is greatly appreciated....Gayle

Harry
03-26-2001, 12:42 PM
Gayle,
Since Citrucel is a water soluble fiber even though it is methylcellulose a semi-synthenic substance --it does not break down or ferment by intestinal bacteria---I really have not heard that it is also good for diarrhea. It may work --it's just nobody has written that it works for D. I know that psyllium seed husk works as a bowel regulator for diarrhea as well as constipation. Both are water soluble so it should work but I have read every message on this board for 1 years and people say they use it but I can't recall them using Citrucel for D.

The worse case of Chronic Diarrhea that I have ever known was helped by Metamucil about 18 years ago. I had chronic diverticulitis at the time and along with IBS(alernating C &D) and I have taken it daily since then. The bottle use to say "Bowel Regulator" now it says "Natural Fiber Laxative" .

At any rate I suggest you start with 1 dose daily and increase it until you get a formed stool.
Please let me know how it works for diarrhea. I hope someone that uses Citrucel for D will answer this message!!!! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">
Take Care ---Harry

camberly
04-05-2001, 10:54 AM
Hi, My doctor also recommended citrucel for diarrhea and loose bm's. I took 1/2 Tablespoon once a day. It did seem to help bulk up the stool. It seemed to help stop most of the time. Good luck.

Ann S
04-05-2001, 07:21 PM
Hi
I use the psyllium husk capsule from the health food store. They're convenient to take with when travelling and they're much cheaper. (500 caps for $13.95). Each cap is 500mg. I started out slowly so I wouldn't develop gas etc., cause your system needs time to get used to them. I now take 2 after breakfast and 2 after supper, tried 3 but it seemed to be too much for my system. I think the amount people need varies which is another good reason to start out slow and experiment till you find what level works best for you. Good luck, Ann

Scoobs
04-06-2001, 09:39 PM
My gastroenterologist says IBS patients need between 20-35g of fiber a day....anyway you can get it down....
I use slimfast mixed with lactose free milk for 5g ....chewable tablets for 10g and the rest comes from foods.....

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